Man United could arrange a deal involving David de Gea and Raphael Varane – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United could arrange a deal involving the exchange of David de Gea for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane over the summer, according to reports.

It was recently reported that Madrid, after failing to secure De Gea ‘s signature in August 2015, were keen on launching a fresh bid for the Spaniard during the summer transfer window.

Varane, in turn, has been hotly pursued by Man United for the last few years and revealed earlier in the season that he turned down an offer from Jose Mourinho to come to Old Trafford.

But according to Don Balon, an potential exchange deal involving De Gea and Varane is very much on the table ahead of the summer.

As a student, I’ve started to treat everything as a deal: £1 for six bags of chilli heatwave Doritos? Definitely a good deal. Staying out until 4am when I know, full well, that I need to be up in three hours for a seminar? This is a bad deal I’ve made with myself.

And the deal involving Varane and De Gea, whilst only hypothetical, immediately comes across as a good one. This is an example of a good deal. The Spaniard has indeed been an indispensable, ever-reliable presence between the sticks during a post-Fergie era that could have been far uglier if he wasn’t there, but with Mourinho at the helm United’s reliance on the 26-year-old is fading, with more emphasis now being placed on maintaining a strong core.

Varane’s inclusion, therefore, makes perfect sense: the Frenchman is just 23, knows Mourinho incredibly well, and will undoubtedly continue to develop into one of the world’s more polished defenders in the next few years.

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